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Collaborative Research Faculty Program

The Collaborative Research Faculty, also known as Faculty Fellows, is a small group of highly interested faculty members who contribute their time and expertise to foundational work on the Quality Initiative. This group of teacher-scholars will have the opportunity to work together on the development of questions about learning outcomes, and those questions will help guide the Quality Initiative work and more.

2014 Collaborative Research Faculty

Suzanne Borland, Legal Studies
Jennifer Manthei, Sociology/Anthropology
Kay McChesney, Social Work
Tiffani Saunders, Sociology/Anthropology and African American Studies
Steve Schnebly, Criminal Justice

These scholarly efforts will inform our decision-making about the curriculum and maximize the benefits our students receive from their learning opportunities at UIS.  What we learn can make an important contribution to the profession of college-level teaching generally, so this represents an opportunity for faculty to disseminate their collaborative work in high quality conference presentations and publications.

The Collaborative Research Faculty will be divided into two subgroups that will investigate student learning outcomes in the U.S. Communities and Global Awareness categories of the ECCE curriculum.  Initial work will involve developing rubrics for studying student learning (via a combination of the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ VALUE rubrics and our own ECCE learning outcomes, crafted in consultation with other bodies such as the UIS General Education Council).  The Collaborative Research Faculty will also work collaboratively with faculty from selected ECCE courses to obtain student artifacts, evaluating those artifacts, making sense of the information gathered, and generating recommendations.

A pilot project will commence in Spring 2014.

For more information about the Collaborative Research Faculty Program, please contact Karen Moranski at

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